2021 College Football DFS Championship Week DraftKings Picks

by Tyler Marling
2021 College Football DFS Championship Week DraftKings

Sometimes you're the bug. Sometimes you're the windshield. Recapping last week's 2021 College Football DFS DraftKings picks shows that we were mostly the windshield. If you were able to piece together a lineup based on my picks last week, there's a good chance you won some money.

Two picks, which I noted were high risk, Zamir White and Jeremy Ruckert both laid goose eggs. White had 6 carries for 34 yards and 1 catch for 15 yards. Ruckert, on the other hand, didn't show up in the box score. Although C.J. Stroud missed him, wide open, for a touchdown.

Jameson Williams was the only other pick that had a down day, and that was due to a bit of bad luck. Williams was ejected due to a targeting call on punt coverage early in the second quarter. He finished the day with 2 catches for 43 yards.

Outside of those three picks, the rest of the picks from last week had really good weeks, especially compared to their value. Each of the remaining picks scored at least one touchdown and all three quarterback picks had multiple scores.

After a solid showing last week, let's dive into the 2021 College Football DFS Championship Week DraftKings picks!

2021 College Football DFS Championship Week DraftKings Picks


Kenny Pickett - Pittsburgh Panthers - $9,700

I'm usually a big proponent of not spending a large chunk of salary on a quarterback because I think there is better value with cheaper signal-callers. With so few games this week, I'm fine with going with the top guy at the position. Kenny Pickett has put up ridiculous numbers this season, 4,066 yards, 40 touchdowns, and just 7 interceptions, and another 221 yards and 4 scores on the ground has him firmly in the discussion for a trip to New York for the Heisman presentation.

Add in the fact that Pitt is a throw-first team. Pickett has spun it 464 times this season. Combine that with the fact that they're facing off against a Wake Forrest defense that is not the greatest against the pass, ranking 63rd in defensive pass efficiency in the country. It makes it very difficult to pass up on Pickett this week.

Sam Hartman - Wake Forrest Demon Deacons - $9,500

Not only am I advocating for the top-priced signal-caller this week, but I'm also advocating for his counterpart in the ACC championship game, and the second most expensive quarterback, Sam Hartman. For all of the reasons listed above for Pickett, it just wouldn't make sense to not list Hartman here because the same applies to him.

He has big passing numbers with 3,705 yards, 34 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Hartman has also added 343 yards and another 10 scores on the ground this season. Even better news for Hartman is Pittsburgh actually has a worse pass defense than Wake Forrest does. The Panthers come in at 79th in the country.

Chase Brice - Appalachian State Mountaineers - $6,600

I'm going against my normal game plan with this pick. App State faces off against the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns this week and it's not a great matchup for them. The Cajuns are really solid against the pass, coming in at 21st in the country.

However, there's another factor in play here. UL head coach Billy Napier will be filling the vacancy left by Dan Mullen in Gainesville with the Florida Gators. This feels like a week where the Ragin' Cajuns have a letdown due to this factor. Brice has also been solid this year with 2,903 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. I think this is the best shot at a value play at quarterback this week.

Running Back

Jerome Ford - Cincinnati Bearcats - $7,100

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Limited options this week are forcing me into going against my natural instincts when making DFS picks. Jerome Ford has been excellent for Cincinnati this season with 1,051 yards and a whopping 17 touchdowns. In a vacuum, he seems to be a solid pick that can be relied on.

The problem with this week is he's facing the number eight rushing defense in college football in the Houston Cougars. The Cougars are one of nine teams allowing less than 100 yards on the ground per game. Now, this also could be fool's gold. No doubt they have a solid run defense, as they give up just three yards per carry. However, they have also had the 11th fewest attempts against them in the country.

The goal here for Ford, who is averaging a robust 23.6 DraftKings points per game, is to simply hit his average of 95.5 yards and find the end zone. It will be a success if he does that, but he also has the potential to put up much larger numbers.

Marquez Cooper - Kent State Golden Flashes - $6,500

Marquez Cooper is the unquestioned lead back for Kent State. Over his last four contests, he has had 93 carries for 517 yards and scored 6 touchdowns. Kent State will also be taking on one of the worst rush defenses in all of college football as they'll face off against the Northern Illinois Huskies. They are currently 120th out of 130 FBS teams in rush defense.

Cooper's DraftKings average is only at 17.4 points per game. However, a lot of that can be attributed to tough early-season matchups against Texas A&M (7.1 points), Iowa (4.8 points), and Maryland (6.6 points). In his last four games, he has point totals of 23.3, 22.5, 23.3, and 32.3. Oh, fun fact, the 32.3 point game came against none other than Northern Illinois.

Cooper feels like an absolute must-play for $6,500.

Tyler Goodson - Iowa Hawkeyes - $6,000

I like to look at high-risk/high-reward running backs. Tyler Goodson is the definition of that this week. Iowa will take on Michigan in the Big Ten Championship and the Wolverines are fresh off of Jim Harbaugh's biggest win of his tenure in Ann Arbor. Based on the showing of the Michigan defensive line, this pick seems questionable, at best.

However, Iowa's offensive line is better in the run game than Michigan's opponent last week, Ohio State. The Buckeyes essentially start four tackles and have had issues generating push up-front in the run game all season. Iowa has perhaps the best interior offensive lineman in the country in Tyler Linderbaum. The Hawkeyes are a run-first team and Goodson was one of the main reasons they found themselves sitting in second in the initial College Football Playoff rankings.

On the flip side, Iowa is pretty one-dimensional. This could be a game where Michigan puts eight guys in the box and says "throw it, we dare you." Goodson is a low-cost, high-risk/high-reward pick this week.

Blake Corum - Michigan Wolverines - $4,300

It's clear after last week's five-touchdown performance that Hassan Haskins is the guy for the Wolverines. However, Blake Corum gets touches, and he is the more explosive back of the two. An ankle injury a few weeks ago helped change the timeshare of carries between him and Haskins. Early in the season, Corum was seeing a lot of usage and production.

In Corum's first game back after missing two games, he had just six touches. However, with those six touches, he was able to hit nearly 90 yards on the day. This is a cheap pick that is worth the risk as well. I think Corum will see an increase in his touches this week after getting through his first game back unscathed.

To me, it's hard to pass up on a guy who has 865 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season who is only going to cost you $4,300.

Wide Receiver

Jordan Addison - Pittsburgh Panthers - $9,300

If you take Kenny Pickett, it would be hard, in my opinion, to pass up on Biletnikoff finalist Jordan Addison. Salary could be a major factor as Pickett is the most expensive player this week and Addison slots in at third most expensive.

However, stacking these two is a sure-fire way of gaining an edge on your competition. Addison has been unbelievable this season. He has totaled 85 catches for 1,353 yards, and 17 touchdowns and has a DraftKings average of 29.1 points per game.

If you can find a way to make it work with salary, Addison with Pickett, is a great foundation for your 2021 College Football DFS championship week DraftKings picks.

Devin Thompkins - Utah State Aggies - $7,400

If you need to save a little bit of salary you can always go with Devin Thompkins as your top dog at wide receiver. Thompkins's numbers actually align pretty well with that of Addison's. Thompkins is a target machine and he usually converts those targets into grabs. On the season he has 87 receptions, 1,543 yards, and 9 touchdowns which averages out to 26.9 DraftKings points per game.

Thompkins is the clear-cut number one guy for the Aggies. The number two and three options for Utah State have combined for 83 catches, 1,329 yards, and 17 touchdowns. Thompkins has outpaced them in catches and yards by himself.

One issue that could be a cause for some concern is their opponent, the San Diego State Aztecs, have the 11th best pass defense in the country this season.

Jaquarii Roberson - Wake Forrest Demon Deacons - $6,500

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Here is another opportunity to stack against a poor pass defense.

Jaquarii Roberson isn't the top dog for Wake Forrest at wide receiver, but he is the clear-cut number two. He's having a great season playing Robin to A.T. Perry's Batman. Roberson actually has more catches than Perry, 62 to 56. He only trails him 1,112 to 1,024 in yards. Perry, however, has five more touchdowns than Roberson, 13 to 8.

Being able to save $1,200 in salary by selecting Roberson over Perry makes a ton of sense considering the production is similar.

Brandon Bowling - Utah State Aggies - $4,800

Is it obvious that I'm not as high on San Diego State's pass defense as their ranking shows? I think Bowling is a great, cheap option this week. He only has 44 catches on the year but 7 of those have gone for touchdowns.

If the Aztecs turn their attention fully to Devin Thompkins and bracket him the majority of the game, it could be an opportunity for Bowling to step up make some plays. As with most lower dollar plays, there is some risk here, but it might be one worth taking.

Malik Williams - Appalachian State Mountaineers - $4,300

This is another low-dollar potential high-value play. Malik Williams is very cheap for this week's slate, especially for the production he has had this season.

His last three games have been pretty poor as he's totaled just 4 catches for 98 yards and 1 touchdown. However, the potential for a big game is there. Earlier in the season, Williams snagged 10 balls for 206 yards and a score.

If you need to save on salary, this is a potentially high-value play.

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Camerun Peoples - Appalachian State Mountaineers - $4,000

Another potential dollar saver in your flex or Superflex position is App State running back Camerun Peoples. Peoples has 145 carries for 764 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season and he'll get a pretty favorable matchup as he'll face the 91st ranked defense against running backs.

Though he's a zero in the receiving game as he only has one catch on the season, if Peoples has the hot hand early, App State could ride him. He has had eight games on the season with double-digit carries.

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